Meet Renae Bruinsma, a freshman Music major from Norco, California.
Why did you decide to come to Dordt?
I really was interested in any other school than Dordt, originally. But as it got closer and closer and I visited, met the basketball coach, and got to know Dordt’s worship leader, I just fell in love with Dordt.
So you said you visited--how was that visit?
It was pretty short. I came in April, and I ended up signing for basketball at Dordt the second day I was here. It was really good; I enjoyed meeting everyone, and it was cool to actually see the campus during the school year. I've been here so many times, but I've never been during actual school. It was a good visit overall. It made me feel really at home—I felt included in everything.
What are you enjoying so far being here?
I love the community. I've already made so many friends, which I was scared about, and everyone is so open to meeting new people. Like the way people embrace you--I went to Monday night worship the first night they had it, and the amount of people that would just go up and want to be prayed over--probably community is the thing I love the most.
How do you feel that your professors have engaged you so far?
My two music professors--I have Music Fundamentals and Ear Training, and both of my professors have been helpful. If I have a question or I need time on a certain subject, they have sat down with me already and gone through it, which is really nice. And my choir director--I actually got moved into a different choir, and it was nice interacting with my director. I talked with him before the auditions, and he called me afterwards and said, "Actually we have a spot opened up here, and I'd like you to be in here."
Is there anything about Dordt that surprised you?
I was nervous about making friends. I was nervous that the classes were going to be too hard and that I wouldn't really fit in, but I was pleasantly surprised by how I got eased into it. I'm actually not homesick at all, surprisingly. I mean I miss home, but I'm not dying to fly back to California anytime soon. I'm really liking it out here.
Just wait till our blizzards.
Oh yeah, I'm definitely not ready for the snow. (Laughter.)
So is there anything you'd want to say about Dordt to students from your area?
I just think that you have to visit and you have to meet the people to realize that there's really something special happening here. It always seems that everyone who comes out of Dordt has a good story to tell. I've never met someone who's come out of Dordt and was like, "I hated it there."